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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent training for young attorneys

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith

    Pros

    great mentor program and ownership of cases. full benefits. flexible vacation time.

    Cons

    Big law often means less interaction with all the employees.

  2.  

    The people are uptight, but the bonuses are good...just make sure you're ready to work for it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Smith

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Be prepared to work pretty long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average Big Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    In line with market pay and benefits for attorneys and hours. Staff and most of the attorneys are good people. For the most part they respect vacation time.

    Cons

    The bottom line is foremost (as with most big firms). As long as the money is coming in, you are treated well, but as soon as the economy affects your main client, you are on the way out unless you can quickly bring in a substitute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Good PTO, great brand name on resume

    Cons

    Low compensation, poor morale

  6.  

    Good job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith

    Pros

    Very diverse employees; relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Awful computer system and poor medical benefits.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Reed Smith

    Pros

    warm people, happy atmosphere, good location, doesn't flaunt money, job security, great pro bono participation (100%), and a very good work life balance.

    Cons

    pay is below market rate, long hours but not as bad as other firms, a little cheap about technology but they try to be accommodating to needs.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic HR department in California slandered character due to resentment of employee using FMLA.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, equipment, adequate technological support; great support from home office in Pittsburgh.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic; many administrative procedures failed cost/benefit analysis. The most toxic human resources department I've ever encountered; toxic presence permeates office culture. Little meaningful pro bono activity for local community. Some great associates were torched by 100+ work weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider three-year job rotation for middle managers; evaluate managers on longitudinal basis; consider implementing more flexibility for non-attorney employees (four-day, ten-hour workweek each month; job sharing; promote team work from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK if you want to put in a lot of effort

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    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good reputation. Some attorneys are appreciative of their support staff, others do not even acknowledge you.

    Cons

    Many inexperienced people who can make your job more difficult by not fully understand their role/responsibilities. Personalities are often out of control. Add to that a huge work load and that can produce an environment that is not conducive to happiness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salary levels to attract more senior/experienced people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay, good benefits, limited growth opportunities for staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reed Smith offers a good benefits package, and the pay for staff can be good. Some attorneys are difficult to deal with, but the majority are fine to work with as long as they see you as a problem-solver.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's no means for advancing my career within my department. Some teams are reclusive and unhelpful. The org chart's a bit of a mess.

    Over the last five years, there's been a steady decline of stupid little things like free lunches or tchotchke's given to staff. These are never exciting to receive, but actually go a long way for making employees feel valued.

    Human Resources here is blatantly working on the company's behalf and not that of the employee's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review inter-team communication and ensure that none are becoming silo'd off. Review how teams are to communicate with each other. If one team is required to send out a lot of email notifications, ensure that their output is normalized across team members by requiring that they use a form. Standardization would help a lot for dealing with some of this stuff. Encourage staff training programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good training, Good PTO and Holiday time. Comfortable environment to work in overall. Business casual dress. New jobs are posted to employees first.

    Cons

    Average pay as firms go, and if not an attorney your pay will not change much for as long as you are in that position. There will be occasional but very small increases. Most groups are lightly staffed and heavily worked, and for that reason from top to bottom, staff turnover is frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Communication between Supervisors and staff. Have enough staff to match the workload. More appreciation in salary for dedicated staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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